The following articles are related to the topic of BELIEF

Defending the Faith with a Broken Sword — Part 3

In this series of articles we have attempted to show the nobility of defending the truth.Truth is precious.Solomon declared: "Buy the truth, and sell it not" (Prov. 23:23). We thus have the responsibility of defending the truth with the utmost integrity. Sometimes, though, regrettably, those who attempt to defend the truth actually end up selling it out by their misapplication ... read more »

The Syrophoenician Woman: A Woman of Great Faith

"And from thence he arose, and went away into the borders of Tyre and Sidon" (Mark 7:24a). Matthew wrote that Jesus "withdrew" (15:21). This was the third time in which Jesus withdrew from Galilee in the gospel of Mark (cf. 4:35; 6:31). The Lord sought solitude with his disciples, but the text says, "And he entered into a house, and ... read more »

A Remedy for Troubled Hearts

In those gloomy hours preceding Calvary, Jesus reflected upon the dreaded appointment which, in the eternal scheme of things, he had with the cross-that instrument by which he would bear the penalty for human sin. However, as was often the case, in spite of his own ordeal his thoughts were riveted upon the welfare of others-particularly the disciples-who did not ... read more »

A Response to: “Yes, We Baptize Babies”

The Christian News is a weekly journal published by some nice (though misguided) folks associated with the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod). A couple of years back (June 30, 1997, p. 22) the paper published the reproduction of an article by Lutheran clergyman Stephen C. F. Kurtzhan, titled: "Yes, we baptize our babies in the name of the Father, Son, Holy ... read more »

The Assault upon Mark 16:16

A group of disgruntled defectors from the faith has initiated a subversive electronic magazine mislabeled, Grace Centered Magazine.The names associated with this nefarious effort read like a "Who's Who" of apostates within the "change agent" movement. Recently, a writer, who chose to remain anonymous (cf. Gal. 2:4 - "false brothers secretly brought in," ESV), published an article in GCM titled, ... read more »

Can a Christian Ever Be Lost?

A prominent Baptist preacher, Dr. Charles Stanley of Atlanta, Georgia, alleges that a child of God can never so sin as to be lost. In his book advocating this theory, Stanley writes: "As a believer, you will never be judged for your sins" (Eternal Security - Can You Be Sure?, Nashville: Oliver Nelson, 1990, p. 39). The proof-text he cites ... read more »

So Help Me God

It was one of the more awesome moments I've experienced in a while. A wave of emotion swept over me. In the opening moments of the senate impeachment trial of President William Jefferson Clinton, ninety-six-year-old Strom Thurman asked the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court to place his hand on the Bible, and swear, before Almighty God, that ... read more »

Conversions in Acts

There are many disciplines of human learning that are governed by rules. For example, there are mathematics rules, rules that govern grammar, etc. It is not uncommon, though, that rules are structured in technical terms that, practically speaking, are of little value to some students. Hence, a wise teacher learns to illustrate. The "rule" is made more understandable by the ... read more »

Have You Been Called by God?

"Many teach that before a person can be saved, he must be 'called' by God. Can you explain how this happens?" God calls every person who is saved. Not only does God pardon the sinner (cf. Rom. 3:26), but he also teaches him of the need and means of forgiveness. The Lord Jesus said, "No man can come to me, ... read more »

The Word-tenses of Salvation

When many people hear the term "salvation," they immediately think of something that occurred in their past. Many Protestants believe that salvation was received the instant they expressed a genuine faith in Christ as their personal Savior, and that it never can be forfeited. As we shall notice, these ideas are not accurate. Let us consider several passages that speak ... read more »